Remembering Patrick Macnee: Hear a BBC Radio documentary on "The Avengers"

BBC Radio 3 is representing documentary on 1960s spy TV series "The Avengers" in remembrance of actor Patrick Macnee (a.k.a. John Steed), who died this week:
Matthew Sweet dons his kinky boots to investigate the phenomenon of The Avengers, 50 years after its first transmission. As well as its regular cavalcade of cyborgs, spies and megalomaniacs, The Avengers seemed to present the world of British television with a new action figure - the liberated single female who, week after week, proved to be deadlier than the male. But how progressive was its sexual politics ? Was Diana Rigg in her all leather cat suit a male fantasy or a feminist icon and did Honor Blackman always play second fiddle to Patrick Macnee ?
Matthew has assembled a crack team of thinkers to ponder these mind-bending questions - teenage fans Bea Campbell and Sarah Dunant, historian Dominic Sandbrook and one of the masterminds of The Avengers, the screenwriter Brian Clemens.
Stream it here.


Trailer for upcoming "Supergirl" TV series



Pop Culture Roundup: Brian Wilson; ZBS Media; Julius Schwartz; Rolling Stones

Rolling Stone has a fresh interview with Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson.
"I call myself Brian Willpower Wilson," he says. "I tell myself that, and it helps me push through the tough stuff. You know, I feel like I've got about 15 years left, so I want to make the most of it. So I'm taking things a little easier lately. Like, when I wake up in the morning, instead of going, 'Oh, no, not another day,' I'm going, 'Oh, God, thank you for another day!' "
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I can't plug ZBS Media strongly enough. I've been a fan of their audio adventures since I first hear "The Fourth Tower of Inverness" on my college radio station back in 1975. Check out their latest series, the steam punk-inspired "Lady Windermere’s Brass Fantabulous" here.


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13th Dimension pays tribute to DC Comics editorial mind Julius Schwartz with a selection of 100 classic covers.

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A historical plaque marking the spot where Mick Jagger met Keith Richards is being replaced after former Rolling Stones' bassist Bill Wyman objected to the wording.
The blue plaque, unveiled at Dartford station in February, says the pair "went on to form The Rolling Stones".
But Wyman complained, saying guitarist Brian Jones created The Rolling Stones and enlisted the other members.

Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics

See more fab posts at the Glass Onion Beatles Journal.